July 2018

CARTA in partnership with the Africa Center of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM) of the University of Malawi brought together 65 participants from Malawi, Kenya and Zambia for the Institutional-based Supervision Workshop in Malawi.The five-day hands-on and interactive training from July 23-27, 2018 provided a platform to discuss the status of research and doctoral training in Africa. It was also an opportunity to identify and critique different models of PhD supervision, exploration of the roles of supervisors, supervisees and the institution in the different phases of the PhD journey.This workshop was led by five facilitators—Peter Ngure (CARTA), Florah Karimi (CARTA), David Kariuki (University of Nairobi, Bernard Thole (University of Malawi), Lydia Njenga (University of Nairobi), Adamson Muula (University of Malawi), and Ademola Ajuwon (University of Ibadan).This is the second such workshop on capacity building for postgraduate supervisors.

CARTA Cohort Five Fellow Felix Khuluza from the University of Malawi has been appointed, by the State President of Malawi Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika, to the National Board of Directors of Pharmacy Medicines and Poisons Board (PMPB).His appointment as a member of PMPB, announced on July 13, 2018, means Khuluza and the other 10 members of the policy-making institution will be involved in the registration of all pharmaceutical personnel, they will assist in the promotion and improvement of the health of the population of Malawi mainly by controlling the registration and retention of medicines and allied substances. They will also be charged with the discipline and control over the professional conduct of all persons registered and practicing in Malawi.Khuluza has etched his name in global pharmacovigilance circles as his work, published in two papers, on the quality of medicine available

CARTA has this week brought together and trained 60 Faculty and Administrators from eight African partner institutions at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi for the three-day workshop that runs from July 16-18, 2018.The opening ceremony was graced by Malawi’s Secretary of Education, Justin Saidi and the University of Malawi Vice-Chancellor Prof John Kalenga Saka.The Faculty and Administrators' Staff (FAS) Workshop, in its eighth year, is a forum for the staff (including junior and senior staff, librarians, deans of postgraduate schools, finance officers, research managers, registrars, IT managers, public relations and communication officers) to discuss ways to strengthen the training of the doctoral fellows while at the same time reinforce the capacity of the institutions within the consortium.To date, nearly 630 administrators have been trained in the annual FAS workshops.Like last year, the university staff made commitments

Emmanuel Otukpa (CARTA M&E Officer), Evelyn Gitau (Director, Research Capacity Strengthening APHRC), Florah Karimi (CARTA Program Manager), Janet Moraa (CARTA Senior Program Accountant), Joseph Gichuru (APHRC Deputy Executive DIrector), Peter Ngure (Outgoing CARTA Program Manager) , and Sharon Fonn (CARTA Co-Director), were in Johannesburg, South Africa from July 9 – 11 for the 3rd Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa Annual Grantees meeting.The meeting was jointly organised by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the DELTAS Africa Sub-Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics training program at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.The meeting was part of the DELTAS Africa Midterm Evaluation exercise, as opposed to an exclusive DELTAS Fellows conference as had been initially anticipated. The DELTAS Fellows conference will now take place in 2019. This year’s theme was ‘The view from halfway.’ DELTAS Africa

Two Cohort Eight Fellows Christine Minoo Mbindyo and Getrude Shepelo Peter from the University of Nairobi were among 100 participants from 22 different countries who attended the 31st annual residential summer course in epidemiology from June 11 to July 6 in Italy.[caption id="attachment_6791" align="alignleft" width="317"] CARTA fellows with the CARTA chair of Northern Partner Professor Nino Künzli (S-R) and Dr. Thomas Fürst from Swiss TPH during the 31st Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology in Florence Italy[/caption]The four-week long residential course consisted of one week of the pre-course and three weeks of the main course. The course, the fellows shared, were intensive and involved high-quality lectures and practical sessions.The participants at the training were drawn from different professional backgrounds among them were epidemiologists, public health practitioners, statisticians, and clinicians.Ms Mbindyo says the course was “one of its kind” and was facilitated by